Toppa Top 50: Fifty Great Jamaicans

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Lee “Scratch” Perry

Lee “Scratch” Perry is quite possibly the most eccentric figure in the history of pop culture to dramatically influence so many. His early work as apprentice for Studio One’s Coxsone Dodd led to him working with Bob Marley and ultimately building the sound, vibe and musical setup for the original Wailers band. From there he went on to build the Black Ark Studio where the art of music production and mixing was changed forever. His experimental approach and unique sound cemented his name as a genius whose art can not be replicated.—Dave Susser